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The mission of Book’em is to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children from birth through high school discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers. Tax ID 58-2000621


We believe that children need books of their own and reading role models in their lives.  Having books of their own that they have selected for themselves motivates children to read and to love reading.  This in turn helps them to develop and advance in their reading skills.  Reading is one of the most important tools we can give a child to ensure success in school, self-sufficiency and the ability to play a contributing role in society.  When a child loves to learn, opportunities greatly increase.

Book’em now distributes more than 40,000 books annually to children ages 0-18 from low-income families throughout Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.  Our Books for Nashville's Kids  program works with a variety of schools and community agencies to get books into the hands of the children who need them most.

Through our Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program, nearly 200 reading role models share their love of reading with their assigned elementary classroom. They read aloud to the students, interact with them, encourage them and help them pick out brand new books for themselves about five times a year. These students cherish the books and their volunteers. 

Our Ready for Reading volunteers read to preschoolers 2-4 times a month. These children love spending time with people who help them develop their pre-literacy skills and make them feel special.